John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

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The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame.

Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year.

Kruk is better known now for his big appetite and mouth, but he was an excellent first baseman for the Phillies for six years.  He was an All-Star each year from 1991-93, and he received MVP votes all three seasons.  He finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL in OBP in both 1992 and ’93.  He also finished sixth in the league in OPS both seasons.

Since he had a short career — he didn’t debut until age 25 and he walked off the field and into retirement at age 34 — Kruk didn’t compile much in the way of career numbers.  He ended up with just 100 homers and 592 RBI.  Still, his .309/.400/.461 line in six seasons with the Phillies makes him a worthy choice for the wall.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.